Smarter new XF
Jaguar XF 25t
Adopting practices learnt from F-Type and XE programmes, the new XF is lighter on its feet, and even better looking. Only the powertrain is carryover in the 25t R-Sport.
mongst the most elegant of the executive class cars, the XF has just entered its next generation (Mark II) and kicks off at $90k, up from its former $75k base now that XE fills that spot. Still, it looks even flasher and more aggressive than before, the new XF benefits from an aluminium intensive chassis, making it not only lighter (it needed to be) but also 28 per cent stiffer. Cue better cornering, noise rejection and ride comfort. It’s also slicker through the air, Cd down three points on some models to 0.26. And in the case of the diesel, there’s an all-new ‘Ingenium’ four-pot engine. Until midway through 2017, the base XF petrol makes do with the carryover 2.0-litre turbo four but that’s hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and delivers decent performance, especially now that the car is lighter than before. While Jaguar suggests potential weight savings of 190kg, the model we drove, the 25t R-Sport, is more like 80kg better off.
We can now inform you that the new lightweight chassis definitely translates into a performance advantage, as expected. With the remains of Cyclone Winston passing overhead on the day of VBOX testing, we’re still unclear as to the exact extent of that performance enhancement. But despite our test road being awash, the XF still managed a best 0-100km/h acceleration
Adopting practices learnt from F-Type and XE programmes, the new XF is lighter on its feet, and even better looking. Only the powertrain is carryover in the 25t R-Sport